A brief posting this and one I’ll follow up on, but I attended a press conference today which was called to raise awareness that our outgoing Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smyth is, in the last few days of governance, travelling to Brussels tomorrow Tuesday 22nd for a vote which will have far reaching implications for Ireland’s future in terms of food production and consumption. In a nutshell, until a couple of weeks ago, Ireland had taken a position of abstention from supporting pro-GM policy, but with the Greens out of the picture that position has changed.
It seems to me that this is too important an issue to have major policy shifts taking place in the days before a general election.
If you’d like more information, see the full press release here: http://www.afri.ie/food-is-our-future
and the recent Irish Times coverage of the u-turn here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0209/1224289345459.html
Watch this space for more relating to having a more informed and open debate on this important issue.